How to make your iPhone automatically type a shruggie (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) whenever you want

How to make your iPhone automatically type a shruggie (¯\_(ツ)_/¯) whenever you want Mashable We're using cookies to improve your experience. Click Here to find out more. Mashable Mashable Mashable Australia Mashable France Mashable India Mashable UK Sign in Like Follow Follow Mashable see more  > Search Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop More Channels Videos Social Media Tech Business Entertainment World Lifestyle Watercooler Shop Company About Us Licensing & Reprints Archive Mashable Careers Contact Contact Us Submit News Advertise Advertise Legal Privacy Policy Terms of Use Cookie Policy Apps iPhone / iPad Android Resources Subscriptions Sites Mashable Shop Job Board Social Good Summit Tech Like Follow Follow How to make your iPhone automatically type a ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ whenever you want 1.9k Shares Share Tweet Share What's This? Image: Mashable, Brittany Herbert By Pete Pachal 2016-03-05 10:43:02 UTC It's happened to all of us: You're on your iPhone, searching for the perfect emoji reaction to a text or Slack update, when you realize what you're looking for is really ¯\_(ツ)_/¯, a.k.a. the shruggie . But how to type it fast? You think fast. A fairly complex emoticon, the shruggie is nigh-impossible to type naturally, so you search the web, find a page that has it in the text, tap the link, scroll past some ads, mark the shruggie, copy it, switch back to what you were doing… only to realize the moment has passed. See also: 23 Times Celebs Mastered the Shruggie It doesn't have to be this way — not for the shruggie, and not for any complex, long phrase that you want to be able to type fast. The iPhone's keyboard has a built-in way to automatically replace a piece of text with a different piece of text, and it's super easy to use. To create one of these shortcuts, go into settings and navigate to General > Keyboard > Text Replacement. From there, tap the "+" icon. The Phrase field is where you'll copy-and-paste your shruggie… for the last time. Then, in the Shortcut field, type the phrase you want to activate your moment of "bemused resignation." I use "shruggie," but you could go for something even more succinct, like "shrug" or just "sh" (sadly, emoji aren't allowed). Now that you've got your shruggie shortcut, it should work whenever you type your activation phrase. Of course, the shruggie is just an example — you can obviously use this tool for any phrase you want to have at the ready, and the shortcuts will work across all your keyboards, even third-party ones. For fans of shruggies, both Google and Slack added the ability to quickly type a shruggie in via a slash command. In Hangouts, just type "/shruggie" in the conversation, and in Slack, "/shrug" is the magic phrase. Bonus: Here's how you unlock the secret emoticon keyboard on your iPhone Topics: Apple , Apps and Software , iPhone , Mobile , shruggie , Tech , tech utility About Us Jobs Advertise Subscribe Privacy Terms Mashable is a global, multi-platform media and entertainment company. Powered by its own proprietary technology, Mashable is the go-to source for tech, digital culture and entertainment content for its dedicated and influential audience around the globe. ©2005-2016 Mashable, Inc. Reproduction without explicit permission is prohibited. All Rights Reserved. Designed in collaboration with Code & Theory